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The New York Post has an article about Englishwoman Charna Rowley quitting her job to focus on a youtube channel (currently at 3,040 subscribers) in which she eats meals containing up to 5,500 calories. Boy George,former lead singer of the Culture Club, was unimpressed by the the career decision.
Mashed.com has an article titled "Here's how much competitive eaters really make".
The grocer.co.uk has an article about mukband videos with quotes from Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran. He is reportedly paid about £1,000 to eat a company's product in a video.
Joey Chestnut will hold a launch party for his new chicken wing sauces in Indianapolis on July 11.
Jungle Jim's Market in Fairfield, OH has a store display consisting solely of Joey Chestnut brand condiments.

Newsday on “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry”

Newsday has an article about the upcoming ESPN competitive eating documentary The Good, The Bad, The Hungry directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes which includes the following quotes from Joey Chestnut about the MLE contract.

“She opened my eyes,” Chestnut, who has won 11 of the past 12 contests, said of Haimes. “Honestly, I’m so competitive that sometimes I don’t understand what other people are going through . . . I realized doing interviews that, ‘Oh my God, I was pretty insensitive to [Kobayashi’s] problems.’

“I had the same problems when I got older. I wanted more freedom, and eventually they gave me the same things he was asking for. So it’s sad that we had to lose years of competing against each other . . . . When he decided to protest his contract, I saw that as a way of not competing, a reason not to compete.

“But later I thought it took some serious guts to step away from the biggest contest of the year, and something you love. He loves it. He loves it as much as I do . . . If we had communicated more we could have helped him to solve his contract issue and continued competing against each other.”

Fink Beats the Stomach’s latest podcast includes a review of the documentary.

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Joey Chestnut did an interview for CBS Local about The Good, The Bad, The Hungry. He is more sympathetic to Takeru Kobayashi's grievances that he has previously been saying (around 7:20) "There are things he was right about. The contract needed to change." He also talks about the Wing Bowl and The Amazing race and announces the ESPN air date for the documentary as July 2.
Joey Chestnut is offering a 3-pack of his condiment line including an extra autographed container for $30 on his website. All profits will go to Toys for Tots.
Sports business reporter Darren Rovell is expected to leave ESPN and join The Action Network, a startup focusing on gambling. Rovell served a sideline reporter on some of the first telecasts of the Nathan's finals (around 2004-2006) and often mentioned competitive eating on his twitter.
Joey Chestnut will appear at the Kroger in Indianapolis on Thompson Road on Thursday and offer samples of his condiment line.
Ebay.com is selling a document for $3,995 labeled as a "NY Baseball Writers Scorecard" signed by Babe Ruth. (via HomeRunDirect)
In a new ad for Crystal Pepsi, Kevn "LA Beast" Strahle used the beverage to soothe his mouth after a hot wing challenge.
Joey Chestnut will be in Carmel, IN Saturday to promote his new line of Joey Chestnut Select condiments.
Steel City Scoop has an interview with Bob Shoudt, who says eating 23.4 pounds of chowder in 6 minutes is his favorite competitive eating record. He will appear at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland on August 2.

Article claims $400-500 million in MLE prize money

Front Office Sports has an article claiming that total annual MLE prize money is $400-500 million. The linked to FoxBusiness article says the total purse is $400,000-$500,000.

Summing all the listed cash purses for 2017 competitions produces a result of $198,475:
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Joey Chestnut has started a website at https://shop.joeychestnut.com/default.asp for his line of condiments. All profits from sales until July 6 will be donated to Hidden Heroes a charity for wounded veterans. (via Mercury News)s
NYDailyNews has an article about the possibility of a partnership between Takeru Kobayashi and Feltman's of Coney Island, whose founder claimed to have invented the hot dog in 1867. Feltman's owner Michael Quinn says "We'd love to work with him in the future. I'd have to see if we could afford him."
The instagram page for qii, a drink claiming it improves dental health, has an advertisement starring Meredith Boxberger.
In a new video, Raina Huang says she declined to sign the MLE contract before the Nathan's Qualifier at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, which was a prerequisite for competing. A printed copy of that document was not availabe for her; the only copy was on a phone screen.
Joey Chestnut brand condiments are now available for sale on Amazon.com. (via BigJon TV).
Joey Chestnut posted a picture of mustard bottles branded with his name. The probable manufacturer of the condiments in Silver Springs Foods in Eau Claire, Wi, who said they would host the 10 times Nathan's champion. update Joey Chestnut appeared on WEAU in Eau Claire today to launch the product line, which will compete with Nathan's Famous' branded condiments. update Feb 13 Leader Telegram has an article about the product launch.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark has started selling T-shirts.
"Deep Fried Diva" Meredith Boxberger appeared in an ad for qīī , a tea that claims it improves oral health. She also did a testimonial video about the product.
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